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Posted: Jul 1, 2014 2:55 AM

Updated: Jul 1, 2014 2:55 AM

GIOIA TAURO, Italy (AP) The U.S. ship MV Cape Ray has arrived in the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro, where it will pick up about 1,300 tons of Syrian chemical weapons and then destroy them.

The ship pulled into the Calabrian port Tuesday morning.

The most dangerous chemical weapons will be transferred from the Danish vessel Ark Futura to the Cape Ray, which will move into international waters for the destruction. The materials include mustard gas and precursors to the nerve gas sarin

The Cape Ray is equipped with a field deployable hydrolysis system that will be used over the next two months to make the material inert.

Other material will be taken to toxic wastes sites in various countries for disposal.

Topics: EU--Italy-Syria-Chemical Weapons

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